THE ETHICAL YEAR
Holiday and Special Days in Ethical Societies:
Traditions and Opportunities
AUTUMN
September - November
AUTUMN: SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER
 Opening Sunday
 Labor Day
 Rosh Hashanah / Yom Kippur / Sukkot
 9/11 Anniversary
 Colum...
WINTER
December - February
WINTER: DECEMBER - FEBRUARY
 Hanukkah
 Winter Equinox
 Winter Festival (before Christmas
or after New Year’s)
 New Yea...
SPRING
March-May
SPRING: MARCH - MAY
 Spring Festival (various formulae)
 April Fool
 DST begins – some may come late
 Hold a pre-meeti...
SUMMER
June - August
SUMMER: JUNE - AUGUST
 Flag Day
 Father’s Day
 Last meeting before summer
break?
 4th of July / Independence Day
 Int...
YOUR
TURN
Moving Into the Future
YOUR TURN
 What holidays does your society celebrate now – listed or not?
 What holidays does your society deliberately ...
LET THE
CREATIVITY
BEGIN!
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The Ethical Year: Brainstorming Celebrations in Your Humanist Group

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Help in brainstorming what seasonal celebrations and commemorations you might want to use in programming in your Ethical Society or humanist group.

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The Ethical Year: Brainstorming Celebrations in Your Humanist Group

  1. 1. THE ETHICAL YEAR Holiday and Special Days in Ethical Societies: Traditions and Opportunities
  2. 2. AUTUMN September - November
  3. 3. AUTUMN: SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER  Opening Sunday  Labor Day  Rosh Hashanah / Yom Kippur / Sukkot  9/11 Anniversary  Columbus Day  UN Sunday (on or before October 24)  Halloween / collecting for UNICEF  All Saints Day  A favorite of Felix Adler’s – for remembering people  DST ends  Election Day  Veterans’ Day  Harvest festivals e.g. Wampanoag  Stone Soup  Sunday before Thanksgiving?  Thanksgiving Click to continue
  4. 4. WINTER December - February
  5. 5. WINTER: DECEMBER - FEBRUARY  Hanukkah  Winter Equinox  Winter Festival (before Christmas or after New Year’s)  New Year  Superbowl Sunday (Feb 2, 2014)  Sometimes it’s lower attendance, a kind of anti-holiday  Martin Luther King Day  Groundhog Day  Valentine’s Day  Darwin Day / Lincoln’s Birthday  Presidents’ Day Click to continue
  6. 6. SPRING March-May
  7. 7. SPRING: MARCH - MAY  Spring Festival (various formulae)  April Fool  DST begins – some may come late  Hold a pre-meeting brunch?  Tax Day  Spring Equinox  Passover (moveable feast)  Palm Sunday, Easter (moveable)  Earth Day (April 22)  Day of Reason (May 1, 2014)  Cinco de Mayo  Buddha’s Birthday  Chinese/lunar calendar dates: 2014/5/6; 2015/5/25; 2016/5/14  Founder’s Day (around May 15)  Mother’s Day (2nd Sunday in May)  Memorial Day Click to continue
  8. 8. SUMMER June - August
  9. 9. SUMMER: JUNE - AUGUST  Flag Day  Father’s Day  Last meeting before summer break?  4th of July / Independence Day  Interdependence Day (July 4th)  Bastille Day  Felix Adler’s Birthday  Ramadan – 2014: June 28 – July 28  moves around the year Click to continue
  10. 10. YOUR TURN Moving Into the Future
  11. 11. YOUR TURN  What holidays does your society celebrate now – listed or not?  What holidays does your society deliberately not celebrate?  What are your annual themes (by month? by season?)  What would you like to have your society begin to celebrate regularly? Click to continue
  12. 12. LET THE CREATIVITY BEGIN!

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